Rathdrum, Idaho

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Rathdrum, Idaho
Location of Rathdrum in Kootenai County, Idaho.
Location of Rathdrum in Kootenai County, Idaho.
Rathdrum, Idaho is located in the United States
Rathdrum, Idaho
Rathdrum, Idaho
Location in the United States
Coordinates: 47°48′30″N 116°53′33″W / 47.80833°N 116.89250°W / 47.80833; -116.89250Coordinates: 47°48′30″N 116°53′33″W / 47.80833°N 116.89250°W / 47.80833; -116.89250
CountryUnited States
 • MayorVic Holmes
 • Total5.71 sq mi (14.80 km2)
 • Land5.71 sq mi (14.80 km2)
 • Water0.00 sq mi (0.00 km2)
2,211 ft (674 m)
 • Total6,826
 • Estimate 
 • Density1,601.33/sq mi (618.33/km2)
Time zoneUTC-8 (Pacific (PST))
 • Summer (DST)UTC-7 (PDT)
ZIP code
Area code208
FIPS code16-66340
GNIS feature ID0398027

Rathdrum is a city in Kootenai County, Idaho, United States. The population was 6,826 at the 2010 census, up from 4,816 in 2000.[4][5] It is part of the Coeur d'Alene Metropolitan Statistical Area, which includes the entire county. It is named after Rathdrum in Ireland.


Rathdrum is located on the Rathdrum Prairie at 47°48′30″N 116°53′33″W / 47.80833°N 116.89250°W / 47.80833; -116.89250 (47.808457, -116.892415), at an elevation of 2,211 feet (674 m) above sea level.

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 4.95 square miles (12.82 km2), all land.[6]

Rathdrum is situated at the base of Rathdrum Mountain, which is part of the Selkirk Mountain Range.


In the 1800s the town was initially called Westwood in honor of one of the founders of the town, a Pony Express rider and rancher, Charles Wesley Wood, also known as "Wes." But in 1881 the postmaster in the town was informed by the federal government that the town would need to change its name since it was already taken by another town in the territory. A local businessman, Michael M. Cowley, recommended the name "Rathdrum" from County Wicklow in Ireland, his place of birth.[7]

Near the end of the 19th century, the Northern Pacific Railway built its line westwards to Spokane and Rathdrum started to grow slowly. Until today, Rathdrum remains on the only regular railway line in Idaho, now owned by BNSF Railway; the Empire Builder of Amtrak travels through Rathdrum without stopping there.


The intermediate grade wing of Rathdrum's elementary school, John Brown
Historical population
Census Pop.
2019 (est.)9,150[3]34.0%
U.S. Decennial Census[8]

2010 census[edit]

As of the census[9] of 2010, there were 6,826 people, 2,427 households, and 1,852 families residing in the city. The population density was 1,380.38 inhabitants per square mile (532.97/km2). There were 2,561 housing units at an average density of 517.90 per square mile (199.96/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 95.0% White, 0.2% African American, 1.1% Native American, 0.3% Asian, 0.1% Pacific Islander, 0.8% from other races, and 2.5% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 3.6% of the population.

There were 2,427 households, of which 42.5% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 57.4% were married couples living together, 13.6% had a female householder with no husband present, and 23.7% were non-families. 18.3% of all households were made up of individuals, and 5.6% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.81 and the average family size was 3.17.

In the city, the population was spread out, with 16.7% under the age of 20, 57.4% from 20 to 64, and 8.8% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 32.3 years. Females represented the majority of the population at 51.6%, with males in the minority at 48.4%.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "2019 U.S. Gazetteer Files". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved July 9, 2020.
  2. ^ "U.S. Census website". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2012-12-18.
  3. ^ a b "Population and Housing Unit Estimates". United States Census Bureau. May 24, 2020. Retrieved May 27, 2020.
  4. ^ Spokesman-Review - 2010 census - Rathdrum, Idaho - accessed 2011-12-13
  5. ^ "Quickfacts: Rathdrum, Idaho". United States Census Bureau, Population Division. 2010. Retrieved 2011-12-13.
  6. ^ "US Gazetteer files 2010". United States Census Bureau. Archived from the original on 2012-01-25. Retrieved 2012-12-18.
  7. ^ How an Irish pioneer named the town of Rathdrum, Idaho after his village Irish Central, 6 Feb 2015
  8. ^ "Census of Population and Housing". Census.gov. Retrieved June 4, 2015.
  9. ^ "U.S. Census website". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31.

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